I attended a 7 am session on Tuesday morning, presented to the McLeod Fellows. This is a program offered by the McLeod Foundation for community leaders to learn more about the hospital, and the mission and values of McLeod Health. The program is composed of professionals and volunteers who have actively demonstrated leadership abilities in our community. In eight monthly sessions, members get an intimate glimpse of the many facets of healthcare. While in the program, participants have one-of-a-kind experiences they are able to share with other community leaders, physicians and healthcare professionals. They also obtain a working knowledge of the healthcare needs of our community and how McLeod Health is meeting those needs. Participants gain insight into medical and technological advances through access to areas of McLeod Regional Medical Center not commonly available to the public. They have the opportunity to network with members of the medical community from a wide variety of specialties and hear presentations from a number of experts on healthcare. These areas include McLeod Cancer Center for Treatment and Research, McLeod Diabetes Center, McLeod Children’s Hospital, McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute, McLeod Hospice.
The presentations on October 13 were made by Marie Segars, Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center, Dr. Andrei Talantov, McLeod Hospitalist and Marilyn Henderson, Director of McLeod Diabetes Services. The group also toured the 4 East Nursing unit where Catherine Godwin, Nursing Director 4 East, and Bradley White, Pharm.D., updated the McLeod Fellows on renal disease in the region and medication safety. It was interesting to hear our team talk about the improvements for patients at McLeod regarding medication safety and delivery.
Below is a slide from Dr. Talantov’s presentation. He did a great job of explaining the disease and the implications to one’s health when affected by diabetes. The slide shows the a ‘heat map’ of the increase over time in the percentage of adults who are obese as well as the percentage of adults who have diabetes. It speaks again to the personal responsibility we have to manage our health and future opportunities to create awareness and offer support programs to reduce this national issue.
While there has been significant advances in treatment, medications and knowledge … while there has been a trend to wellness, exercise and healthy eating … these graphs show that a significant part of our population is moving in the wrong direction. We must act on this information and help our community move forward to better health and habits.
Thanks for your part in improving the health and wellbeing of the people of this region.